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Camp Alonim

1101 Pepper Tree Ln
Simi Valley, CA 93064
All bookings are free!
$1396
/ per session
Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Archery, Arts&Crafts, Climbing, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Gardening, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Music, Nature Exposure, Photography, Pool, Robotics, Sports, Swimming, Traditional
Camp Prices 2020

About About Camp Alonim

Camp Alonim strives to spark a love for Jewish culture, tradition, and community in our campers by exposing them to a multitude of ways to be Jewish. We see every activity we offer as a "gateway"—a means by which they might engage with being Jewish. By starting with activities a child already enjoys, we can show them how that activity might be Jewish, thereby making it a gateway to a Jewish connection.
Camp overview
The more people who go to Camp Alonim, the better the world will be. In your heart, you know that's true – but why? Is it because of all the fun our campers have on Peppertree Lane? Is it the unparalleled Jewish setting that welcomes everyone and judges no one? Is it because of the friendships that deepen while hiking up CIT Hill, walking down from HOB, or hanging at the Canteen for one last hug?

The more people who go to Camp Alonim, the better the world will be because of all those things – and so much more:

  • It's because campers share bunks with kids who are different than them. In doing so, they learn the building blocks of citizenship and community: listening, tolerance, speaking up, compromise, and including everyone.
  • It's because of our innovative Yachad program when teens gather around the campfire to let their guards down, open up about gender expectations and peer pressures, and realize that "we're all a little broken and that's what makes us whole" – to quote a beloved song written at Alonim by a longtime camper.
  • It's because of a remarkably dedicated staff, all of them filled with purpose, who turn down higher-paying jobs elsewhere because, as one tells us, "I impact these kids and teach them to love themselves and be better human beings."
  • It's because of parents who kvell: "Alonim is an anchor for my son. It is the place where he is his best self. He comes home happy, strong, and renewed. Without the gracious generosity of the financial aid through Alonim, we could never make this happen."
Summers spent at Alonim means that children enjoy the beauty of Judaism as it infuses every day – whether our campers are hiking with their counselors at sunrise, growing vegetables in our garden, making a Havdalah candle in the art room, singing after lunch, learning Torah with creative educators, climbing on our adventure course while friends cheer, Israeli folk dancing as the sun sets, sharing stories around a campfire, or simply enjoying the unique tranquility and community of an Alonim Shabbat.
Location
Camp Alonim is at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University. Located in beautiful Simi Valley, the campus sits on 2,700 acres of picturesque rolling hills and valleys only 30-45 minutes from Los Angeles. We are a short drive from the 118 Freeway's Tapo Canyon exit.
History
Camp Alonim is a program of the American Jewish University, an organization founded in 2007 when the Brandeis-Bardin Institute merged with the University of Judaism. Originally, Camp Alonim was a program of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, which had a long and rich history. Dr. Shlomo Bardin was an educator who believed that American young people were assimilating at alarming rates and sought to create programming to stem this tide. He started with the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (B.C.I.), which is a summer residential program for college students to explore the place Judaism will hold in their adult lives by engaging in art, music, drama, Israeli folk dance, and learning with dynamic scholars. In 1947, 2,200 acres in Simi Valley were purchased and B.C.I. settled into its permanent home where it has been inspiring college students for over 60 years.

Dr. Bardin established Camp Alonim in 1953 with the same educational philosophy as the original program: to truly touch young people, they would have to experience Judaism through their senses–through art, music, Israeli folk dance and drama. In the nearly 60 years since, we have added sports, nature, and interactive learning to the repertoire of experiences we offer our campers. Both Camp Alonim and B.C.I. are still thriving today and run simultaneously during the summer months in separate areas of the Brandeis-Bardin property.

In 1972, the neighboring land owner, James Arness, star of TV's "Gunsmoke," donated his 950 acres, making the Brandeis-Bardin property 3,200 acres. Since then, 200 acres by our front gate have been sold, bringing our property currently to approximately 3,000 acres. This is the second-largest piece of land held for Jewish communal purpose, second only to the State of Israel.
Camp's Approach
The vibrancy of Jewish life is experienced every day through music, Israeli dance, sports, arts and crafts, nature, and social action on 2,700 picturesque acres just 30-45 minutes from Los Angeles. Each activity is viewed as an opportunity for campers to discover a spark that will ignite a life-long love of Judaism. Campers are able to experience new things, build skills, make lasting friendships, explore, and have pure fun. Camp Alonim is not affiliated with any denomination or movement, welcoming campers and families of all backgrounds and levels of Jewish observance. Since 1953, thousands of "Alonimers" have experienced the joys of Jewish living in their "home away from home."
Director's Message
Welcome to Camp Alonim, a vibrant place where children thrive and Judaism comes alive. Here, the beauty of Judaism infuses every day – whether our campers are hiking with their counselors at sunrise, making a Havdalah candle in the art room, singing after lunch, learning Torah with creative educators, climbing on our adventure course while friends cheer, Israeli folk dancing as the sun sets, sharing stories around a campfire, or simply enjoying the unique tranquility and community of an Alonim Shabbat. At Alonim, campers can safely experience new things, grow, practice gemilut chasadim, and have an incredible amount of fun.

We welcome families and campers who come from all backgrounds and levels of Jewish observance. Because we are a community camp and not affiliated with a particular movement or denomination, you will find many different kinds of families here—each with its own way of identifying with Judaism.

In our history of 65 summers and counting, over 30,000 "Alonimers" have called camp their home away from home. Alonimers often have a passionate love for Jewish culture, a sense of responsibility to the community at large, and the hardy confidence that only comes from the unique experience of Jewish camping. Many alumni have gone on to become leaders in the community, including a number of prominent rabbis, educators, artists, and social entrepreneurs. Perhaps the best endorsement of Alonim is that every year, many of our alumni delight in sending their own children here.

I grew up attending Camp Alonim and now have the distinct honor of taking care of it along with some of the most dedicated and caring staff members on the planet. All year long, our team strives to recreate the enriching, safe, and formative experience that has made Alonim such a special place for so many for so long. It is difficult to translate camp's warmth, joy, and caring in a website, so I invite you to visit us at an open house or contact our office to discuss the Alonim experience. Better yet, if you know any Alonimers, I encourage you to ask them about camp and watch for the gleam in their eye.

See you at camp,
Josh Levine
Executive Director
Activities
The wide variety of activities that fill our days, of course. Campers have the opportunity to customize their schedules with daily electives, choosing activities that interest them the most. They also will be able to try new activities that they may have never seen before. The list below is just a partial sampling of the many activities we offer each summer.

  • Climbing Wall
  • Alpine Tower
  • Photography
  • Horseback Riding
  • Swimming
  • Art
  • Sports
  • Archery
  • Mountain Biking
  • Israeli Dancing
  • Music
  • Nature Exploration
  • Organic Garden
  • Cooking
  • Drama
  • Campouts
  • Robotics
A day at camp
8:00 Boker Tov! Good Morning!
8:30 Breakfast
9:15 Bunk Clean-Up
9:45 Jewish Interactive Experiences
10:45 Camper's Choice – Active Elective
12:00 Israeli Folk Dancing
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Rest Time & Mail Call
2:15 Camper's Choice – Art Elective
3:15 A Taste of Everything: Rotation Through Camp Experiences
4:15 Free Time & Snack
5:15 Shower Time
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Evening Fun: Carnival, Scavenger Hunt, Sports Night
8:30 Snack & Cabin Time
Yachad – 10th Grade
Through carefully crafted experiences that support personal growth as well as team and community building, our teen participants develop and build upon skills which prepare them to be leaders in the Alonim community.

Yachad Program
Entering 10th graders can attend Yachad during Second Session and/or Third Session. The Yachad program is designed to expand upon the personal experience of camp by giving back to the community through programs and projects. In the Yachad program, teens move away from the traditional bunk dynamic to experience camp as a larger, cohesive group. In addition to regular camp programs, teens in the Yachad program participate in a meaningful Judaic program which encourages self-expression and discovery. Yachad participants attend leadership training sessions and plan and run the all-camp carnival, an exciting experience to which all campers look forward each session.
CIT Summer – 11th Grade
Over the past 67 years, tens of thousands of "Alonimers" have called camp their "home away from home." This warm feeling was made possible partly because, each summer, a group of Counselors-in-Training infused camp with their ruach while learning to care for the young people who, in turn, looked up to them as role models. Each summer's CIT group carried on longstanding Alonim traditions and created new ones while they learned together, led together, gave back to camp together, and created community together.

Summer 2020 is now your opportunity to join this remarkable legacy. We are delighted to invite you to apply for your CIT summer.

Spending a summer at Camp Alonim as a CIT is an especially meaningful and memorable leadership experience. Being a CIT is a special and very different experience from being a camper. CITs follow a unique schedule in which they are apprentices in various activities and receive training to inspire and care for campers. They work together to design and lead some of our most popular camp programs. In the educational component of this consequential summer, CITs explore various topics of interest and learn what it means to be emerging leaders in the Jewish community. The CIT program is well-known for forging lifelong friendships and being very fun.

Current tenth graders (entering 11 graders in the Fall of 2020) are eligible to apply for the CIT 2020 program. The program will take place June 15 – August 9, 2020. Those admitted into the CIT program, must commit to being at camp for the entirety of the program. If a school calendar conflicts with these dates, you must tell us in writing by the time an application is submitted about the potential conflict. To do so, please send an email to jraizman@aju.edu.

Acceptance to the CIT program is not guaranteed. Several factors will determine acceptance, including prior performance at camp (if applicable). It may be necessary for some applicants to be interviewed. Applicants may apply at any time (depending on space availability). Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Applicants must then be accepted into the CIT program in order to enroll. Please contact us regarding acceptance deadlines.

The tuition for the CIT program is $5,045 for the entire eight-week summer. Financial aid is available; you will be able to apply for scholarship once you enroll. Note: Participants eligible to receive "One Happy Camper" grants for 2020 are able to apply their grants to CIT tuition.
Year-Round
Camp Alonim runs year-round programs so that our families may experience the joy of camp regardless of the season. Every year, we offer a family camp, providing a wonderful opportunity to get away from it all and spend quality time with your family at camp. With activities available all weekend and all of your meals cooked for you, your only worry is deciding what to do first! Whether you choose to relax and enjoy the peaceful setting or scale the climbing wall, the weekend will definitely be one to remember. Winter Camp provides our campers an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones while enjoying camp in a winter setting. And let's not forget our monthly Sundays in the Park with Camp Alonim where there is so much to do together. Special events through the year also include our CIT reunions, special shabbat experiences and so much more.

We encourage you to bring your family closer together and enjoy one of the many opportunities we have on our campus.

Sundays in the Park
Join us on our 2700 acre playground on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley .

Closer than you think! Only 25 minutes from the Valley & 40 minutes from the Westside. Open to the public.
  • Ride a horse
  • Feed the goats
  • Climb the Alpine tower
  • Explore the STEAM Lab (Science /Teva/Earth/Animals /Mensches)
  • Play on the swings
  • Make arts & crafts
  • Cook outdoors
  • Enjoy a kosher BBQ
  • and so much more!
Kosher lunch & snacks available for purchase.

BBQ is Glatt Kosher, Lubavitch Shechita, under the strict supervision of Rabbi Markel – KCA Kosher.

Winter Camp

Campers currently in grades 2-11 are invited to camp from Tuesday, December 24th to Sunday, December 29th for an incredible six-day sleep-away camp experience. Winter Camp is a great opportunity to show friends from home what the magic of camp is all about, or to just come enjoy the amazing camp activities with old friends.

Family Camp
Family camp offers fun and connection for adults and for children up to 7th grade. We welcome people of any level of Jewish knowledge, observance, and engagement. Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, we invite you to join us for this unique weekend experience.

Camp Alonim is a non-denominational community that creates an environment where everyone can feel comfortable and stimulated, while offering participants many opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. It is not affiliated with any particular Jewish denomination or movement.

Family Camp is March 13 – 15, 2020. Registration will open in Early 2020.

Teen Weekend
Alonim's Teen Weekend is a chance to celebrate Shabbat at camp in the middle of spring. It's a weekend to make new friends while reuniting with your old camp buddies. There will be teen-specific programming planned and led by veteran Alonim staff.

The Teen Weekend will be taking place at the same time as Camp Alonim's Family Camp. While the teens will be engaged in separate programming and will be residing in separate bunks, the teens and families will join together for meals as well as for services, song session, and Israeli dancing on Friday evening.

Teem Weekend is March 13 – 15, 2020. Registration will open in Early 2020.
Transportation & Extended Care
All the buses serving Gan Alonim Day Camp have seatbelts. Bus transportation is available Mondays-Fridays for $8 one-way per day ($16 round-trip).

Extended Care:
Extended care is available Monday-Thursday until 5:30 p.m. It is $10 a day and must be reserved in advance the week prior. For the safety of all our campers, last minute requests for extended care cannot be accommodated.
Safety
American Jewish University is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our campers, staff and visitors. This will remain AJU's single highest priority.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a formal statement regarding the safety of our property. Please read the DTSC's 2017 Community Update on Brandeis-Bardin.

DTSC has affirmed officially, publicly and definitively that the Brandeis-Bardin property is safe. Here is an excerpt from its statement:

"The Brandeis-Bardin Institute Campus is safe for use by Faculty, Staff, Students, and Campers. Contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) does not pose a health threat to users (e.g., campers, visitors, students, faculty, administrators or staff) of Brandeis-Bardin Institute, or other off-site areas."

This update is accompanied by an extensive technical memo evaluating more than 25 years of data gathered from the Brandeis-Bardin Campus and an Executive Summary. This analysis includes studies conducted over many years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Health, and others. This analysis also reviewed the many years of monitoring by the former Brandeis-Bardin Institute, now American Jewish University.
Team
The Gan Alonim Day Camp program is led by Director Jackie Grinwald, under the leadership of Camp Executive Director, Josh Levine. Jackie and her dedicated team work hard to create a safe and fun camp experience for each and every child in our care. We draw upon all the resources of our overnight camp for our day camp programs, including our trained staff of certified lifeguards, talented artists, educators, ropes course belayers, horse wranglers, and more. All staff are interviewed and selected in a competitive process that requires background checks and positive references.

Campers are also cared for by the individuals in our Gesher Gan Internship, a selective leadership program for 12th graders who live on-site at camp for the summer. The majority of these individuals grew up at camp and previously developed valuable skills as Counselors-in-Training. Each Gesher Gan intern is selected after demonstrating leadership capacity, creativity, and sensitivity to children's needs.

Long-time camp staff members work as mentors alongside the counselors and activity leaders in order to provide ongoing support and oversight both before and during the summer months. The Gan Alonim Day Camp team is excited to help your children have the best summer of their lives!
FAQ
How many campers are in a bunk? How many counselors?
There are anywhere from 10 to 14 campers in each bunk and 2-3 counselors. The number of campers in the bunk depends on the popularity of the session in each age group.

Who are the staff and where do they come from?
A great majority of our staff were once campers themselves at Alonim. They return year after year to give the campers the same meaningful experience they had as children. But, just because someone was once a camper does not mean that he/she will be hired — our staff application process is very competitive. All staff is, at minimum, entering their freshman year of college. This means that a majority of our staff has gone through our extensive leadership training programs in their high school years. Many have spent a full summer working as counseling interns in our day camp. This program ensures that our staff members are experienced in working with children and have made the transition from being at camp for their own experiences to being at camp for the campers.

Does "white clothing on Shabbat" really mean white?
Yes. We wear white on Friday evening through lunch on Saturday to honor Shabbat. Colored shoes or accessories are acceptable, but we ask that all clothing be white. Off-white or khaki clothing is not worn during this time.

Will my child go on an overnight?
Many campers attending First Session, Second Session, Third Session, and Fourth Session will go on an overnight. Campers attending Mini Session will not go on an overnight because the session is so short. Our campsite is located on our grounds and is a 30 minute walk from main camp. While on the overnight, campers and counselors together prepare their own meals, go on amazing night hikes, and enjoy s'mores by the campfire while singing songs under the stars.

Can I bring special food if my child has any certain dietary needs?
Camp Alonim is under very strict kashrut supervision and therefore cannot accept food from outside of camp. If given notice, we can usually purchase and provide certain items for your child. There are always vegetarian, vegan, and milk substitutes available. Please contact our office with more detailed dietary needs.

My child is studying for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Do you offer tutoring? Can he/she bring tapes and a walkman for this purpose?

Yes. Our professional Judaic educational staff can assist your child in his/her preparations. iPods are allowed at camp only for the purpose of studying for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please note that campers cannot bring an iPod that is capable of accessing the internet through data or WiFi. We recommend an iPod shuffle or bringing a CD and discman.

Are there trips?
At Camp Alonim, we like to create our own community. For the most part, that means that campers don't leave camp. Entering 10th graders and entering 11th graders may leave camp as part of their program to do a social action project, but all other campers will stay in camp. The overnight feels like a trip, but it is really on our property.

Will laundry be offered?
Yes, laundry will be offered once a session during Second Session and Third Session by our onsite laundry staff. We ask that you label all of your child's clothing to make sure they bring it all back home with them.

Can I call or visit my child?
Camp Alonim does not have a visitors' day. Parents can see the camp and the bunks and other facilities on opening and closing days. Parents can write their children letters, but campers do not have access to phones while at camp.

Can I email my child?
Yes! Simply log in to your Alonim Account and click the "Email" link to access the one-way email system. This feature is strictly one-way, however, so your child will still send letters and postcards the traditional way.

Can I view photos of camp during the session?
Yes! Your Alonim Account also contains our summer photo galleries and new pictures are posted daily by our onsite photographer. Please note that we do not upload pictures on Saturday.

Are care packages allowed?
Yes. Please note that each care package received at camp will be opened by staff members and any prohibited items (electronic games, candy, food items, gum, etc.), will be removed and not given to your child, nor returned to the sender. Suggestions for a fun care package include: books, magazines, stickers, puzzle books, coloring books, and anything else your child might like that is appropriate for camp.

Is tipping allowed?
No. It is against Camp Alonim policy for staff members to accept tips in the form of money. Our staff works very hard and we believe that each staff member is integral in creating the experience that your child has.

How is Shabbat celebrated?
Shabbat is truly an oasis in time at Camp Alonim. We begin our preparation for Shabbat on Thursday night when we remove all of the tables from the Dining Hall so that it can be cleaned and we continue getting ready until the time comes to gather for services on Friday evening. Everyone wears all white clothing. Even the tables are dressed in white tablecloths on Shabbat. The whole mood of camp changes on Shabbat. Everything slows down just a little bit. We spend more time as one big community on Shabbat. We eat as a camp instead of split up by bunk; we have a longer meal. After services and dinner we sing and dance into the night. Saturday morning we have a light breakfast and then a service that is split up by age group so that each and every camper can relate to the Torah service on an appropriate level. After lunch, the rest of the day is spent resting, playing sports, and spending time with your bunk. We say farewell to Shabbat by showing off the great things that we have learned and experienced throughout the week in a Shabbat talent show called Melaveh Malkah and then we have Havdalah, the ceremony that ends Shabbat. Once Shabbat is over, we begin our normal routine again, but always with the knowledge that another Shabbat is just around the corner.

Does my child need money at camp?
No, there is no need to send your child to camp with money.

What items should we leave at home?
The following items are not allowed at camp: iPods, electronic games, video cameras, cell phones, weapons, fireworks, portable DVD players. Additionally, food, gum, and disposable plastic water bottles are strictly forbidden. Trust us, there will never be a shortage of delicious Kosher food, so help us eliminate waste but not sending your child to camp with any food, gum, or water bottles. All care packages are opened in front of senior staff and any forbidden items found will be confiscated.
FAQ for Family Camp
Where is Camp Alonim located?
Camp Alonim is at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University. Located in Simi Valley, the campus sits on 2,700 acres of picturesque rolling hills and valleys only 30-45 minutes from Los Angeles. We are a short drive from the 118 Freeway's Tapo Canyon exit.

What time should families plan to arrive and depart?
Registration begins at 3:00 pm. Activities will begin at 4:00 pm. When you arrive at the Brandeis-Bardin campus, you will be directed to Silberman Childcare Center to park your car and register for the weekend. It is not a problem if you are unable to arrive until later – whenever you do arrive, we will welcome you and your children into the program. Our weekend will conclude on Sunday at 1:00 pm following lunch; however, we invite you to stay for more fun at our Sundays in the Park event which will last until 4 pm.

What is the housing situation? Do children sleep with their families or in separate bunks?
Adults as well as children in kindergarten and younger are housed in private cabins/bungalows in the Adult Conference Center. Each of these rooms is equipped with heating/air conditioning, a private bathroom and shower, and ample closet space. Linens and towels will be provided. We have some cribs available upon request in advance; subject to availability, one will be placed in your room. Children in 1st grade and older get to enjoy the experience of sleeping in Camp Alonim bunks with other children their age and will be supervised by our staff of trained counselors. Children are grouped and assigned to bunks based on grade level and gender. Each bunk will have heating/ceiling-fans, an indoor bathroom with showers, and cubbies and hanging racks for clothing and personal items. There are bunk beds in each bunk. Linens and towels will be provided. Counselors who are the same gender as the campers will sleep in the bunks. Camp Alonim's bunk area will also be supervised by a Head Counselor. Note: if a bunk-age child prefers to be housed with his/her parents, we will accommodate such a request; however, we do urge families to try having their kids stay in the bunks. We find that bunking with counselors and other children their age often makes for a richer experience overall, including nighttime activities and rest-time with friends, and is a great opportunity to see their readiness for sleep-away camp. If you eventually decide to move your child to a parent's room for the second night, such a request will be accommodated.

What should we bring?
The dress for the weekend is informal and casual. It is often warm during the day, but it can get cold at night. Sometimes it rains. We will provide more information about packing as the weekend gets closer.

What do adults and children get to do during Family Camp?

Family Camp promises to be an enjoyable Shabbat retreat experience. Escape the city and surround yourself with nature, family, and friends!

Celebrate Shabbat in a joyful setting with singing, dancing, and prayer. Energize your mind and spirit, and develop and deepen friendships. While you're here, take advantage of the activities and programs available, including hiking, climbing on our adventure course, horseback riding, art, music, Israeli dance, archery, and yoga.

The adult experience will consist of activities in which adults will be able to get to know one another better, deepen their Jewish connections with one another, and enjoy some favorite camp activities that are geared to adults. Adults will have the opportunity to learn with our visiting scholars and long-time Alonimers, Rabbi Ken Chasen and Allison Lee. Ken is currently the Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. He is a leading activist and prolific author on a wide variety of social justice matters in the U.S. and Israel. He was the Camp Alonim Music Director and Educator in the late 80s and early 90s. Allison is currently the Vice President of External Affairs at Bet Tzedek. She also has served as American Jewish World Service's (AJWS) Founding Executive Director. Both Ken and Allison have been back with their children to Alonim every summer since 2005.

Led by our Camp Alonim counselors, the camper experience will include many exciting camp activities. There will be time for sports, games, nature hikes, art projects, and indoor and outdoor fun while the adults are in their own programs.
There will be ample time for families to enjoy Family Camp activities together.
Child care is provided for the youngest kids! We have an incredible staff of early childhood educators ready with a daytime age-appropriate program for infants through kindergarteners. If a parent is ever needed, the childcare staff will have a schedule of all the activities on hand.

If parents want to participate in nighttime activities, who looks after the kids who are housed with their parents?
We do! Time will be set aside each evening for parents to put their younger children to bed in their rooms. Once the children have gone to sleep (or you feel comfortable that they are settled for the evening), feel free to leave the room. In your welcome packet will be a "Child in Room" sign to place on your door at night so that the childcare staff knows your child is inside without a parent and that we need to provide supervision. In addition to putting up that sign, you will also check in with the childcare staff member on duty. Each building will have staff roving outside of the rooms needing supervision who will regularly check in on your children. Before you return to your room to retire for the evening, you will check in with the staff member on duty and then remove your door sign for the night. Childcare staff will be on duty outside children's rooms until 11:30 pm. At that time, one parent needs to check in and be back in the room.

What nighttime supervision is provided for campers who sleep in bunks?
Campers who sleep in Alonim bunks will enjoy bedtime activities led by their counselors. Once the campers are asleep or the bunk is settled for the evening, counselors will meet in the bunk area with the Head Counselor while teams of other counselors act as "shmira," roving the bunk area and checking in on the campers frequently until all counselors return to the bunks to sleep. If a camper ever needs anything at night, Alonim staff members are visible and easily accessible.

What is the level of religious observance for Family Camp?
We observe Shabbat at camp. We use instruments during Shabbat services and amplify sound and music from time to time. Our Shabbat activities do not require writing. Our kitchen is Glatt Kosher and is under Orthodox rabbinic supervision.

What if I have food allergies?
On the enrollment application we ask about any dietary needs you have so that we can make sure the kitchen will be able to accommodate them. At dairy meals we always provide a dairy-free option, and at meat meals there are vegetarian and vegan options. Camp Alonim is nut-free. The kitchen will NOT be serving or cooking anything with nuts, including peanuts.

Some providers do get reception (currently, T-Mobile and Verizon), but since Brandeis-Bardin is located in a valley, there is no guarantee that your cell phone will get reception equally everywhere. Check your provider's website for coverage (the ZIP code is 93064).

Do I need anything else?
While we will provide sports equipment for use on our soccer field, baseball diamond, tennis court, and basketball courts, feel free to bring any of your own equipment, too. Musical instruments and group games are welcomed and encouraged!

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